TYLER – The Smith County Commissioners Court has approved the purchase a new voting system. It replaces the aging voting equipment that is currently being used. The county says it will ensure the integrity of the elections. The new system uses touch-screen technology and produces a paper-based record for tabulation. It gives the voter the ability to double-check their ballot on screen and on paper before depositing the paper ballot into the voting box. The cost of the new equipment is around $1.25 million. The county has been saving for these upgrades and is paying for them in cash through the fiscal year 2019 capital improvements budget. They should arrive in December and be ready to use in the May elections.